May the 3th to July the 14th 2019

Castel Sismondo

& Gallery "Primo Piano" 

Rimini, Italy


"Fellini was, for me, a great source of inspiration. La Strada and 81/2 were magnificent – but I like all of them. Each movie is its own world; I love the characters, the atmosphere and the intangible je ne sais quoi that emanates from every one."

David Lynch


David Lynch met Federico Fellini in his hospital room in Rome in 1993.
profound effect on the American director as, only a few days aCer his visit, Fellini fell into a coma from which he would never recover.

But beyond a personal connection, a real artistic and intellectual affinity between Federico Fellini and David Lynch can be detected in their respective works and their lives. Both originally pursued a career as an artist – the Italian Maestro as a satirical cartoonist and the American director dreamed of becoming a painter at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – but eventually poured their incredible talent and their fascination with dreams and the subconscious into the silver screen. Several of their films, such as Fellini’s 81/2 (1963) and Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001), have earned their place in the Pantheon of world cinema.


An artistic kinship and a memorable encounter are at the heart of this homage by David Lynch to Federico Fellini with a lithographic suite inspired by 81/2 the well-known film of Fellini.


For the exhibition, David Lynch has also selected 12 drawings by the Maestro in keeping with his own work from the collection of the Fellini Foundation for Film (Sion, Switzerland).


Nicolas Rouiller
Exhibition’s curator
Director of the Fellini Foundation